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Joseph Brooker on SS-GB

Joseph Brooker on SS-GB In a self-referential high point of Philip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle (1962), two characters debate whether a fiction depicting an ‘alternate present’ belongs to the science fiction genre, unaware that they are in a novel of alternate

Daragh Carville rewatches The Godfather

Rewatching The Godfather On Saturday March 11 I went to see The Godfather at the London Palladium – with a live orchestra accompaniment – in the company of my son. It’s a film I’ve seen many times, a film I use as a touchstone in

Joseph Brooker on St Joan at the Donmar Warehouse

  Joseph Brooker on St Joan at the Donmar Warehouse. Saint Joan (1923) is among the most celebrated works by the Dublin-born playwright George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950). The play was recently staged at the Donmar Warehouse in Covent Garden, directed by Josie Rourke and with Gemma

Joseph Brooker on La La Land

Dr Joseph Brooker on La La Land I don’t love the phrase La La Land itself, but I have come to think this is a very good title, meaning: Fantasy – the film is a fantasy: it’s not going to be naturalism: people are going to burst

Anna Hartnell on The Inauguration of Donald Trump

Dr Anna Hartnell on the Inauguration of Donald Trump Donald Trump’s inaugural address was always going to be ugly. His campaign speeches may have been successful at rallying crowds, but he is no great orator, and a bit of poison and malice is standard fare.